Jan. 26, 2004

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Contact: Todd Cohen, University Relations, (785) 864-8858.

MEDIA ADVISORY: New 'KU Women of Distinction' calendar to be handed out on campus today

WHAT: A new limited edition calendar, "KU Women of Distinction," is now available. The new poster-calendar highlights the accomplishments made by female students and faculty -- and the University of Kansas' leading role in women's issues. Only 5,000 copies of the poster will be printed.

The poster includes photos of 11 women pursuing undergraduate or graduate degrees, two faculty members, and several administrators and alumnae leaders, including Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius. The poster includes biographies, calendar grids for the spring and summer semesters, and summaries of KU milestones. These highlight the creation of women's studies and the Hilltop Child Development Center, and areas in which KU leads the nation, notably:

 • KU's sociology department offered the first course in the nation in the field now known as women's studies.

 • In 2002, the chemistry department boasted the highest proportion of female faculty among the nation's top 50 chemistry departments.

KU's Emily Taylor Women's Resource Center led the effort to develop the calendar. Katherine Rose-Mockry, director of the center, assembled a campuswide committee last summer to explore an idea suggested to her by Elizabeth Topp, professor of pharmaceutical chemistry. More than 25 campus offices and local individuals contributed to the project.

WHEN: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday, Jan. 26

WHERE: KU Bookstore, Level 2, Kansas Union

Additional calendars will be available at the KU women's basketball game against Oklahoma State at 7 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 31.

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